Like most parts of Southeast Asia, the Philippines at one point was conquered by the Europeans. In the case of this, it was ruled by Spanish for a few centuries, followed by America. But the indigenous people of the Philippines were actually Chinese, as well as Malay and Polynesian descent. Over the centuries the range of cultures that have ever ruled the country made up of over 7,000 islands influenced the food that we see today. A lot of the dishes contain pork, fish, or chicken.
What to order?
Adobo: A classic native dish, made usually of pork braised in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and peppercorn. Much similar to a dish found in Teo Chew cuisine.
Sinigang: A sour tamarind based broth containing meat, which could be pork, chicken, fish, or prawn, tamarind, tomatoes, okra, kang kong (or water spinach)
Chicharron: Crispy pork rinds, which make as delicious snacks
Leche flan: A silky caramel custard, much similar to the a French crème caramel
Halo halo: The Filipinos have a sweet tooth, and this one hits the spot where shaved ice and evaporated milk is added to a variety of sweet beans, jelly, and fruits.
Where to eat?
Level 1, 19 Goulburn Street
45a Broughton Street
22 East Esplanade
St Albans, Melbourne
2/243 Franklin Street